Can music help you to lose weight?
Not quite like playing Judas Priest against your stomach to improve your digestion, but perhaps music can be a positive tool.
I recently invested in a MP3 player that is not an iPod. Okay, it's a Zune. While the player serves many useful purposes, I'm also hoping it will help me eat better and exercise more.
The exercise element seems easy. Bring your favorite tunes makes you want to walk more, hence get more exercise. Given the stress of my day job, this might work at some point. But when I do walk with the Zune, my pace is faster. And with the built-in FM tuner, I can listen to radio when I want to do so.
But where I am hoping to make some improvement is using music to help me eat better. I'm a stress eater, and after a stressful day at work, I sometimes make bad choices for dinner.
This used to be a real huge problem for me. In the healthier era, I do make better choices. But within that realm, I make poorer choices than I should.
The hope is that music will put me in the kind of mood to relax me so I don't make poor choices when it comes to dinner.
Since we are in the initial stage, I am experimenting with what kind of music helps make this work better. Should it be upbeat, such as Side 1 of Van Halen's first album? Or something a lot more mellow, such as Laura Palmer's Theme from the Twin Peaks soundtrack?
Interestingly, so far, louder upbeat music is working better for me. (Don't worry, I use headphones at a relatively low volume, no earbuds.) I can forget the kind of mood I was in as I left work. With that distraction, I feel a little better adding more vegetables and doing less worshipping of carbohydrates. But it's still a work in progress.
Do you use music or some other device to change your body's attitude toward food? Tell us your story in the comments section below.